No 231 - Weekly - 29 June 2007



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Commission proposes an integrated energy and climate change package to cut emissions for the 21st Century 

Mid-term review of the 2001 Transport White Paper
Mid-term review of the 2001 Transport White Paper

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5-6 July: International Biofuels Conference

11 -12 July: Seminar on renewables, Lisbon

24-25 September: International Conference on energy efficiency, Lisbon


Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Maritime transport: Commission authorises income tax and social insurance refund mechanism for Swedish shipping

The European Commission has on 27 June approved the modified reintroduction of a mechanism in Sweden to refund seafarer's income tax deducted at source as well as employers' social insurance contributions in respect of Swedish tax liable seafarers working on Swedish flagged vessels. The measure is expected to decrease flagging-out of the European maritime fleet, preserving employment and maritime know-how in the Community.

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Infringement procedures: Transport

The Commission has launched the following infringement procedures in the field of transport:

- Safety assessment of third-country aircraft: Commission sends reasoned opinion to Poland and takes four Member States to Court [full text]

- Safety requirements for tunnels: Commission takes Greece and Luxembourg to Court of Justice  [full text]

- Port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues: Commission takes Germany, Spain and Estonia to the Court of Justice [full text]

- Training of professional drivers: Commission sends a reasoned opinion to ten Member States [full text]

- Maritime cabotage: Commission sends Spain letter of formal notice [full text]

- Airport tax at Malta Airport: Commission takes Malta to the Court of Justice [full text]

- Vessel traffic monitoring and information system: Poland and Malta targeted by the Commission [full text]


Energy Efficiency Action Plan on the web site of the Energy & Transport DG

Finland, first Member State to submit National Energy Efficiency Action Plan

Commissioner Piebalgs welcomed Finland's National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP), transmitted on 26 June by Mr Taisto Turunen, Director General of the Finnish Ministry of Trade and Industry. Finland is thereby the first Member State to present its national strategy on how to achieve the 9% savings target set by the energy end-use efficiency and energy services directive. "With its Energy Efficiency Action Plan Finland has shown its commitment to the cleanest, cheapest and most secure of energies – the energy that we do not use. I expect the rest of the Member States to submit as well their own plans in due time", said Commissioner Piebalgs.

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  Infringement procedures: Energy

The Commission has launched the following infringement procedures in the field of energy:

 -   Belgium before the Court of Justice for inadequate oil stock levels  [full text]

- European Commission requests legal action against Portugal over failure to apply Euratom requirements [full text]

- Commission takes action against Luxemburg and Ireland regarding EU rules on electricity and gas [full text]

- Energy Performance of Buildings: European Commission takes legal action against Greece, Estonia and Poland [full text]



Internal market for electricity in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Q&A on the opening of the energy markets and the European Energy Consumers’ Charter

Frequently asked questions on the opening of the EU electricity and gas markets, which will take place on 1 July.

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Energy Community web site

Energy Community’s Ministerial Council Meeting

Energy Ministers from the Parties to the Treaty Establishing the Energy Community met in Bechichi, Montenegro, on 29 June 2007. This was the second meeting since the entering into force of the Treaty. The meeting was co-chaired by EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs and the Montenegrin Minister of Economic Development Branimir Gvozdenovic.

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For a complete list of current public consultations please go to Consultations

Public Consultations

In this section you will find the newest calls for submissions to public consultations in fields of energy and transport.

Topic of Consultation   Deadline
Rail noise abatement measures addressing the existing fleet





For a complete list of current calls for tenders please log on Tenders Electronic Daily

New Calls for Tenders

The internet service of the DG for Energy and Transport has developed a web page announcing the Calls for tenders & Calls for expression of interest concerning the Directorate General for Transport and Energy. In this new section you will find not only contract notices published in the Official Journal but also, prior information notices, calls for expressions of interest, and the list of contracting parties.



Time-limit for receipt of tenders
Feasibility study on the use of renewable energy sources, in particular biofuels, for aviation OJ S 115-145489  


Survey of the market penetration of energy-efficient office equipment under the Energy Star Program OJ S 120-146529  


Management of liquid radioactive effluents arising from medical establishments in EU Member States and candidate countries — Mediwaste OJ S 95-116035  06/07/2007
Study: qualification criteria for screening staff at airports OJ S 109-133725 31/07/2007
A framework contract to provide technical support to the industry consultation body of the single European sky (air traffic management) OJ S 114-139876 03/08/2007
Study to identify and evaluate European measures to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from aircraft OJ S 115-140888  31/07/2007
Study on the effect of adapting the rules on the weights and dimensions of heavy commercial vehicles as established within Directive 96/53/EC regarding their ability to match the needs of advanced logistics and sustainable mobility OJ S 114-139889 10/08/2007
Study into the appointment, operation and effectiveness of recognised security organisations appointed by EU Member States under Regulation (EC) 725/2004 and Directive 2005/65/EC OJ S 109-133723 21/08/2007

Please note that the announcement of technical reports and documents recently produced in specific energy and transport sectors can be found on the "What's New" pages of the corresponding chapters of Energy and Transport on the EUROPA website.

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